Tulare County, California — March 25, 2012
Police say three people were killed and three others hurt Sunday when a vehicle smashed into a tree in the Visalia area.
According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, an unidentified motorist from Tulare, 18, was behind the wheel of a 1991 Mazda 626 as it traveled northbound along California State Route 99. As the vehicle approached Exit 92 (Avenue 264) around 11:45 p.m., the driver apparently lost control.
Investigators say the 626 spun out, hitting the tree. Paramedics say the driver died from injuries suffered in the crash, as did a 19-year-old female passenger and a 22-year-old male passenger. Both were from Tulare.
Meanwhile, three other passengers suffered injury and were rushed to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The survivors have been identified as 17-year-old Visalia resident Crystal Garcia, 18-year-old Tulare resident Isabel Aguado and 24-year-old Tulare resident Mario Santana.
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UPDATE: Police have identified the deceased victims as 18-year-old Reynaldo Javier Maldonado, the driver, 19-year-old Jennifer Avina and 22-year-old Victor Rivera.
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